Suck It Hemsworth, Chris Pine Is the Funniest Chris
This weekend sees the release of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Amongst Thieves, the latest attempt to turn the Mountain Dew-fueled imaginings of basement-dwelling nerds into a blockbuster movie franchise. The new D&D flick is reportedly much more of a comedy than previous takes on the material (including the TV movie where Tom Hanks fights a Minotaur and nearly jumps off of the World Trade Center), so it’s no wonder that the filmmakers cast Chris Pine, who we hereby proclaim to be the funniest of the movie star Chrises.
This may seem like a bold claim. After all, at one point, Chris Pratt may have seemed like the slam-dunk funniest Chris, thanks mostly to his performance as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation. But Pratt has arguably been way less funny in recent years after eschewing comedy in favor of visual effects-filled action movies — then there’s his association with a notoriously homophobic megachurch and his general disrespect for the Italian-American plumber community.
As for Chris Evans, he was funny in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but he’s not exactly a laugh riot most of the time. Which brings us to Chris Hemsworth, who’s generally very funny, but he’s just not as funny as Star Trek star/erotic novelist Chris Pine. Early in his career, Pine showed off his gonzo comedy chops playing a strung-out neo-Nazi in Smokin’ Aces.
And Pine was an impressively worthy addition to the Wet Hot American Summer cast in both the prequel and sequel series, where he committed 100 percent to the role of Eric, the reclusive rock star.
Then there was the time he hosted Saturday Night Live and pointed out the differences between him and the other Chrises (who are also “scruffy and squinty and jacked”) using the power of song.
Even his memeable misery during the Don’t Worry Darling press tour was objectively funny. As was his pitch-perfect (likely inadvertent) reaction to the notorious spit event that may or may not have happened.
On the isle of Chrises, there is only one comedy king — all hail Pine.
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